Earlier this season, Canon altered its outdated cube-shaped MG-series (consumer-grade photograph ) Pixma printers with brand new TS-series Pixma models. The TR8520 all-around printer is bigger than the Canon MX922, redesigned in and out, also supports Bluetooth, making it our new top choice for family and home office workplace, low-volume copying and printing.
More Than a Pretty Face
Canon says that the TR8520 is 35 percent smaller compared to MX922, which the company attributes to a new print engine, smaller circuit boards and power supply, an improved paper path, also reworked internal design--in other words, it was redesigned. Measuring 7.5 by 17.3 by 13.8 inches (HWD) with its trays shut, and weighing 17.5 pounds, the TR8520 is really significantly smaller and more than 2 pounds lighter than its predecessor, which makes it a much more comfortable fit for the average desktop.
Nevertheless, there's no shortage of petite printers within this class nowadays. But that is partly because a number of them do not have automatic document feeders (ADFs) for sending multipage documents to the scanner. In contrast, the TR8520 comes with a 20-sheet ADF, that is marginally smaller in capacity compared to HP Envy Photo 7855's 35-sheet document feeder, even although neither of them support auto-duplexing for scanning and copying multipage two-sided documents.
Additionally similar in size and weight into the TR8520 is your Epson Expression Premium XP-640 Small-in-One, also it has no ADF. (As you can see, the area of household - and home-office-oriented inkjet AIOs is very large; between the four key inkjet printer makers --Brother, Canon, Epson, and HP--there are numerous who talking them here isn't feasible.)
In terms of paper handling, the TR8520 can hold up to 200 sheets, and split between a newspaper cassette front, underneath the control panel, along with a 200-sheet upright tray at the rear of the lid. You might also use the rear tray for feeding on the printer up to 20 sheets of premium photo paper. Both the Canon TS9020 along with TS8020 include exactly the same 100/100 two-tray settings; both the HP 7855 has one 125-sheet paper drawer, in addition to a 15-sheet photo paper tray, that is like the Epson XP-640's 100-sheet paper drawer and 20-sheet photo paper tray.
Along with the standard four die-based process colour inks--cyan, magenta, yellow, black, and black (CMYK)--you also receive a pigment-black ink that darkens black and text regions in photos, in addition to raises the color gambit (range). Epson's XP-640 uses five inks, too, as well as the Canon TS9020 along with TS8020 every utilize six (that the pigment-black ink plus a photo-gray ink that doesn't just expands the color gambit, but also increases the quality of grayscale photographs ). HP's Envy 7855 includes only the four process colour inks. That, and its aid of HP's Instant Ink subscription application, makes it the most least-expensive of these models to work with, especially when printing photos.
Configuring the TR8520, as well as setting up and initiating walkup tasks, such as making copies or print out of cloud sites, is handled from a broad and easy-to-use 4.3-inch color signature LCD that, aside from the power button, contains the entire control panel. In terms of the TR8520's greatest monthly duty cycle and recommended monthly printing volume, as we observed with the TS-series Pixmas before this season, Canon doesn't publish these numbers due to its consumer-grade (rather than business-oriented) printers .
Installation, Connectivity, and Software
Preparing the TR8520 is easy and straightforward, even though it does demand an excess step or even more than most other inkjet AIOs. Even so, as soon as you plug it in and turn it on, the TR8520's big control panel strikes you through every process--from unpackaging and loading the five ink cartridges to filling the two paper trays. No area of the installation method is made for misinterpretation.
Besides the scanner and printer drivers, the software package includes: Scan Utility, Canon's pretty robust scanner frontend; Printer Assistant; Image Display; My Image Garden (a collection of filters and utilities, including Easy PhotoPrint, Creative Filters, Full HD Movie Print, Picture Correction/Enhance, Picture Cropping, and Red Eye Correction); along with speedy Menu (a selection of icons that reside in the lower-right corner of your screen and provide, well, quick access to the attributes listed here and others).
As the flagship TR-series model, the TR8520 includes all the most connectivity choices. Those include: Wi-Fi; Ethernet; wired and wireless PictBridge for printing photos from specific Canon cameras; even a USB port; an SD card slot; along with Bluetooth 4.0 for printing easily from cellular devices. Other portable printing options will be Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Canon Print app (for printing mails ), Pixma Cloud Link, and a couple of others.
Just Quickly Enough
1 thing that nearly all of these family-oriented AIOs have in common is that, unless they are printing little photographs, they are slow. Regardless of what it says in the box or online ad about"Quick 15 pages per second," 15ppm for printing regular text files is slow, compared with their business-oriented counterparts. An equally priced business inkjet, like Canon's Maxify MB2720, is graded (from Canon) in 9 pages faster than the TR8520's 15ppm, plus it really prints that much quicker, too. (I analyzed the TR8520 over compacted out of our standard Intel Core i5-equipped PC operating Windows 10 Professional.)
Of the other models mentioned herebut the Epson XP-640 (13ppm) will also be rated at 15ppm for easy black webpages.
When I combined the results from the last simple 12-page Word document with those from printing our colour PDF, Excel and PowerPoint images - and photo-laden documents, the TR8520's speed plummeted by about 60 percent, to 4.7ppm. That 60-percent difference may seem like a lot, but it is not uncommon; even with those low outcomes, it defeat another AIOs mentioned here.
As stated, these home made AIOs generally print photos relatively faster than they do files. The TR8520 published both sample photos at a mean of 35 seconds, which was next to the slowest here, but well under a minute.
Worth the Wait
When it comes to output quality, particularly photographs, the competition in this genre is more intense. Although some print better than others, none are, well, unacceptable. Canon's five- and six-ink, photo-enhanced AIOs consistently produce some of their best photos I've seen, along with the TR8520 is no exception. The text on our evaluation documents came out clear, well-shaped, and simple to read right down to where I wanted magnification to see this, and beyond. Large type, also, looked good, without the jagged edges.
Our evaluation PowerPoint handouts along with Excel graphs printed with equally flowing gradients and solid fills. Only one graph, that has a strong black background, showed any banding, though it was rather considerable (and likely correctable with some tweaking). But all of the other color files, even those with features that many printers do not successfully replicate, seemed better than great, more than okay for home and homework usage.
However, it's photos which are Canon inkjets' bread and butter, and like its predecessor and siblings (and a few competitors), the TR8520 always churns out quite bright, lively, comprehensive and accurately colored photographs. If you start with good digital content, you'll be pleased with the hard-copy images.
A Race with Several Winners
There are clearly a lot of contenders here as it comes to high quality AIOs. The trick is to discover the perfect feature mix for the perfect price. If printing quality is your main requirement, the majority of the AIOs I've mentioned will serve you nicely. The Canon Pixma TR8520, along with its own TS-series sisters along with the Epson XP-640, all churn out exquisite photos and documents. The four-ink HP 7855's photos are more than passable (as well as when you use that organization's Immediate Ink program, the cheapest to print). If a demand for financial photo printing underscores your desire for the very best possible prints, the HP model is a sensible option. Otherwise, given its wide array of features, including an ADF, and also excellent overall printing quality, the TR8520 is our Editors' Choice AIO for home office and household use.
OS Compatibility :
Windows:23 Windows® 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 SP1
Mac:24 Mac OS® X v10.10.5 - macOS v10.12 (Sierra)
Mobile Operating Systems:25 iOS®, Android, Windows 10 Mobile, and Amazon Fire devices26
Other Features :
4.3 LCD Touchscreen, 5-Color Individual Ink System, Auto Power On/Off, Canon PRINT app4, Creative Park Premium22, Energy Star Certified, PIXMA Cloud Link5
Ink Compatibility :
PGI-280 Pigment Black Ink
CLI-281 Dye Based Inks
INK TANK & FILL VOLUME
PGI-280 PGBK : 11.2 ml (Std.) , 18.5 ml (XL) , 25.7 ml (XXL)
CLI-281 BK, C, M, Y : 5.6 ml (Std.) , 8.3 ml (XL) , 11.7 ml (XXL)
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